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Discussion: Disconnect

in: jennycas; jennycas > 2023-07-01

Jul 5, 2023 7:05 AM # 
I felt the same, and I think many others who have travelled in the outback have too. One way I reconcile it is that Aboriginal substance abuse is more visible than its white equivalent - the white counterparts of the drunks in the main streets of Katherine or Tennant Creek are instead shooting up in squalid suburban houses out of public view (and in both cases only a small minority are involved).
Jul 6, 2023 11:54 AM # 
It's not even that though - up to a point I think it should be acceptable to drink alcohol in public, just not to be drunk and disorderly and violent - it's that people don't appear to have anything which gives their life a purpose, a reason to get up in the morning and stay sober...and no likelihood of this changing for them. Alcohol is an insidious addiction but I get the impression that amphetamines are now also problematic in some communities? The ongoing story in the NT News the past couple of weeks has been the inquest into a number of horrible domestic violence deaths of Indigenous women at the hands of their partners who seem to have been so truly screwed up that their behaviour was inhuman(e).

So, it's almost light relief to read about the bloke who blew his hand off when a homemade "pipe bomb" firecracker exploded on Territory night; there's always at least one such incident.
Jul 7, 2023 3:43 PM # 
There's a reason I rarely drink alcohol. It seems ingrained into people's lives. Every meal we had on both flights over here (both times were breakfast and lunch), people were ordering wine or spirits. For breakfast, why??? Because it was free. I couldn't even force myself to have an alcoholic drink for breakfast, free or otherwise.

On the parkrun front, they don't start here until 9am. My only problem is getting them tangled up with other races on those days but thankfully the orienteering starts even later.

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